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“Nurses Trusted to Care” is the Theme for National Nurses Week, May 6-12

For Release: _____, 2011
Contact: (Administrator Name/ Title)
_____ County Health Department
(Telephone #)

“Nurses Trusted to Care” is the Theme for National Nurses Week, May 6-12

Every year, National Nurses Week, May 6-12, focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. There are approximately 42,743 RNs and 18,806 LPNs working in the field of nursing to improve health care in Oklahoma. The celebration begins May 6 on RN Recognition Day and ends May 12, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

The _____ County Health Department is joining the American Nurses Association and the Oklahoma State Department of Health in recognizing those who work in nursing using the theme, Nurses Trusted to Care, to applaud their hard work in diverse careers. “We would like for the public to join us as we pay tribute to our public health nurses for the valuable services they provide to the citizens of _____ County,” said _____, administrative director for the 
_____ County Health Department.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care from bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to population-based nursing and direct clinical services provided by public health nurses.  

“Some of the services that local public health nurses provide are child and adult immunizations, preventive health screenings, monitoring and control of communicable diseases and chronic health concerns, services that assure healthier mothers and babies, child abuse prevention, emergency preparedness and school health education,” said _____ .

The public health nurses working at the _____ County Health Department include the following:  
(list names).

For more information about National Nurses Week or nursing career opportunities at the _____ County Health Department, call (phone number).

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